BC did just that last year, holding Jarvis to 51 yards (albeit only 11 carries). Last week, Jarvis gashed the Chanticleer Defense of Coastal Carolina for 265 all-purpose yards, 141 of that on the ground. He's not only a dangerous running back, but a serious threat on the kick return. Both our front seven and punt coverage teams are going to have their hands full with Jarvis.
Morgan did not take a snap in 2008 after throwing for 207 in mop-up time for the recently departed Julian Edelman in 2007. Last week, Morgan hit a nice percentage of this throws, 60%, even though the average per toss was only around five yards.
Included in his 35 pass attempts last week vs. CCar were two interceptions. I think if we force Morgan to make some quick decisions, our D can benefit and get some turnovers early that could lead to some points.
Great call on the kickoffs, Wesley. Jarvis is a good returner and can make short kickoff a very short field for the Golden Flashes.
Mixon is a four-star transfer from Michigan who was ranked in the top 10 ILB in by Rivals. He sat out 2007 due to NCAA transfer rules and was 3rd on the team last year in tackles. He originally chose the Wolverines over Ohio State, LSU, WVU, Louisville, and a handful of other programs.
Mixon was honored last week as the MAC defensive player of the week (a little bit of a tallest midget here, but given what the ACC did last week, we're really not ones to talk), registering a dozen tackles and credited with creating one of the two safeties the Golden Flashes tallied last week.
We all know we want to run the ball, and this is the guy we have to block to get it done.
The 6'1" frosh out of Syracuse, NY proved to be a favorite target of Morgan last week, hauling in half a dozen catches, and posting a nice average of 15.7/catch. To me, that means he's probably the target on a deep crossing route after play-action. If we're going to be in man coverage, Gause is going to have to stick to him like white on rice. Like slime on Schiano. Like failure on Charlie Weis.
I know what you are thinking.. Wesley.. this is such a basic of course choice.. well of course it is.. ha.
Last week the Flashes let up only 2.0 yards/carry vs. the rush. Now, I know that BC has a much better running attack than the Chanticleers do (can you tell I like saying this name? Chanticleers, Chanticleers...CHAN-TI-CLEERS!!!), but it's not like we blew them away last year on the ground. It was respectable, but we were far from gashing them (47 for 230, 4.9/carry).
I expect that Kent State is going to load up and use Vanderbilt's game plan vs. us: throw nine or ten guys in the box and make the QB beat them.
To have that happen, our WR's need to do a great job of getting open while in single coverage. C. Lee 3 looked very good in his debut, as did Colin Larmond, Jr. (who I have no witty nickname for, sadly) who looks like he put in a lot of work in the off season. Billy Flutie caught a nice TD showing great hands and elevation last week, and of course Richie Gunns. I have no doubt that our WR's will step up, and it will make it easier for our still very inexperienced QB's to capitalize on the single coverage.
Wow Mike.. Good job on the picture there!
BCMike: Contain Jarvis, Rushing Giorgio, Hat on Mixon, Gause on Goode, WR's stepping up
Wesley: Lapham-OL, Deep Kickoffs, OC Playcall, QB starter emerging, Davis-Bowman INT